People usually aren’t short on money. They are usually short on creativity.
When viewed from this perspective, it becomes clear that making money really has everything to do with you and your mindset.
You either believe that money is all around you and that you too can ride the wave and create opportunity by giving value.
Or you believe that money is elusive and out of reach.
I subscribe to the former and believe that creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised daily.
That same creativity can be applied to making money just as it could be applied to anything else.
If combined with an attitude biased towards action and taking risks, then you can well and truly change the world around you financially.
Now, ofcourse you can go out there and get a job like everyone else. I kinda see that as the low hanging fruit simply because anyone can do that.
Not knocking it ofcourse!
I just think instead that it’s far more exciting to sit down, ideate on how else you could change your financial circumstances and literally go for it!
Making an extra £1,000 could be significant to you or not depending on where you’re in your financial life.
An extra £1,000 is equivalent to around a £20,000 pay rise per annum if you’re a higher rate taxpayer, and so could be pretty game-changing.
I know for certain that an extra £1,000 a month could personally help me:
- Pay for the entire primary or secondary education for one of our children.
- Wipe 2 years off our home mortgage, leaving us less than 5 years to be mortgage free.
- Increase our savings rate and significantly boost our pension pot especially with the tax rebates factored in.
- Support one or more of the causes we are currently working towards supporting permanently.
- Give us the option to invest in other assets or small businesses for more passive income.
- In essence, an extra £1,000 will get us much closer to Financial Independence.
You too will have your own list of things, which could include travelling, creating an emergency fund, helping a relative or stranger etc.
Basically, making extra money matters. I am yet to meet anyone who wouldn’t like to make more money.
Although saying that, some of my more righteous friends prefer to shy away from this subject as though it were one of the 7 deadly sins. Anyway… Whatever!
It’s important to have a balance and being generous with your resources is absolutely necessary!
Now here’s the thing, like most people, there was a time when I sat back and earned income primarily from one source.
I had no concept of other sources of income and more importantly, I didn’t believe I could do it.
The big secret in the book Think and Grow Rich is:
Whatever Your Mind Can Believe, Your Mind Can Achieve.
Belief is such an important thing, and I think we all have an on/off switch in our minds. Most people have that switch turned off.
They complain every day about how tight things are, and even when they are shown and given the tools to change their worlds, nothing happens.
Arrrrgh! Drives me totally nuts!
The ideas I am going to talk about below are ideas I have mostly tried and tested myself among many others.
I write this blog post with no interest in BS’ing anyone. If this post meets you at the right time in your journey, then great. Read it and start kicking a**.
If it doesn’t, then hopefully one day you’ll revert back to it and start making certain moves in your life.
Either way, read with an open mind and remember that although I refer to only 7 ideas here, there is so much more that you can do.
It all comes down to the extent of your imagination and creativity.
Before you dive in, here is an extremely important point to take away:
Therefore, on that basis, the majority of the ideas I have below are really focused on helping you create assets.
Remember: Think Income for the short term but Assets for the Long Term. This is what creates wealth and Financial Independence.
Below are 7 guaranteed ways to help you make an extra £1,000 a month (if you’re prepared to do some work):
1. Coaching and Consulting
Think of yourself here as a problem-solving machine. The better you’re at solving other people’s problems, the higher the value you can dictate.
People only pay for value in the form of results.
This way, what you’re really doing is swapping one intangible asset (your knowledge and experience) for another (extra money or whatever).
Have you ever wondered why McKinsey, PWC, KMPG make such a tonne of money?
Well, if you’ve, then you’ll realise that they run some of the highest margin businesses in the world.
I have chosen coaching and consulting because they both really require no qualifications as such. However, having qualifications and experience enhance your value alot.
Coaching and Consulting require slightly different skillsets and can be offered on a personal or corporate basis.
What I like most about this is:
- It’s self-fulfilling. If you add value to someone else’s life and overdeliver, they will recommend you to someone else.
- You dictate your price because value is in the eye of the beholder. How much do you think your expertise is worth? Well, that’s how much you should charge.
The other reason why these two ways of making money command such high margins is because they involve using two superpowers:
- The mind (for imagination)
Think about the highest earning people in the world – Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates etc. They too use these superpowers.
They aren't doing manual jobs, which is the lowest level of money making. Again, not knocking it!
You might be thinking you don’t know enough to offer coaching or consulting or that you aren’t an expert.
The truth is, everything you need to get started is already in your hands today.
An expert is really any colour in the spectrum between black and white. Everyone is an expert, although some are more terrible than others.
To be honest, the word “expert” is a silly title. The focus here should be on delivering an outcome or a transformation.
If you believe (I come back to this deliberately) you can and can prove it, then half the work is done.
The next thing you need to do is find a small market or group (the more niche the better) to offer your expertise to.
And where do you find these people? Start with Facebook groups ofcourse! Don’t just join these groups to be cute!
Join relevant groups and start building relationships.
Basically, the person who needs your service is out there. And your money is in their pocket. Your mission is to find that person.
Blogs will always have a role to play and people will always read blogs just as they still read newspapers.
What’s particularly special about a blog when you think about it, is that it’s an amazing way of doing two things:
- Owning traffic
- Controlling traffic
Traffic is the currency and that currency can be converted into cash if you know exactly how.
As usual, the lazy ones out there would say, “I am no good at writing”, “Where would I start?”, “I am not a great storyteller” blah blah blah.
Again, I’ll say these are silly excuses. You become good at things by doing them many times.
Wanna start smashing blogs and learning exactly how it works? The Psychology? The Layers?
You have to learn. Just like I did. I knew nothing about blogging and started it as my passion project.
However, because I understand that blogs posts have present and future value and that every blog post is an asset and a sales letter potentially, I also know that I can leverage it as a powerful platform.
Let me be clear, blogging isn’t immediately easy. It requires patience and perseverance. Plus not all blogs are interested in making an income.
But if your goal is to seriously make an extra £1,000 a month consistently, then you’d really be crazy not to consider starting a blog.
It opens so many doors and really broadens your mind and your possibilities.
I’d say that £1,000 a month is the minimum you’d make from blogging and this could rise to 5 or 6 figures per month if you’re consistent and stand the test of time.
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3. Using Other People’s Talents (OPT)
This option is available to everyone and even more so for the person who like me is an opportunist.
You may not have the talent to create a product, course etc, but what you can absolutely do is ride someone else’s talent.
What I am referring to here is Affiliate Marketing. It’s abit of a fancy name for selling other people’s products.
The initial key here is to match a product with an identified market and essentially get a revenue share.
You have to do this genuinely though as it would be totally out of order to sell things to people that you have never used nor think will add value.
Affilaite Marketing requires good strategy to make money from it. You can learn all about this in my Free Blog Course.
4. Create a Niche Business
You’ve probably heard of Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. He started life as a humble architect until he got made redundant.
Something pretty special happened after that because he managed to create a niche website to help people pass architecture exams.
He made good money from that and he started a blog to talk about his process and what he had learned, and from there, his success compounded.
He got even more creative and proved that he could start a niche business in industries he had no knowledge about e.g. Security Guard Training.
You can read about his story and how he has made at least $3m from all these exploits here.
The riches are in the niches! Start today and you’ve no idea where it could lead.
5. Write a Niche Course
I was listening to a podcast the other day and the lady (single mum of two) being interviewed had managed to do something phenomenal.
She wrote a niche course selling for $1,000 and had managed to sell it to 1,000 people. That’s a cool $1m in revenue. From one course!
Courses are high grossing, but you really must be delivering value.
Again, the riches are in the niches. People want courses that solve specific problems they have, and because there are markets for everything, you’ll having a market waiting too.
Platforms like Teachable make this process so easy now for everyone to get involved.
6. Create a Podcast
This is very similar to blogging and is now something that pretty much everyone can get involved with.
When most people think about podcasting, the immediate block they have is that they start thinking about equipment.
Well, I have amazing news. The smart guys at Anchor.fm have created a phenomenal app that lets you launch your own podcast and publish onto iTunes straight from your phone.
I am soon to launch my own podcast and I am so excited about it :). You can too although podcasts require time and effort. However, if you’re really in it to help your audience, it can be life-changing financially.
John Lee Dumas now runs one of the most successful podcasts in the world and he makes millions! However, like you and me, he started barely 5 years ago with zero fans.
With hard work and perseverance, this option could be life changing because it could move you on from aiming for £1,000 a month to a proper lifestyle business (an asset).
7. Start a Meaningful Membership Site
This final way of making money is for the really discerning out there.
This way of making money isn’t really about just making £1,000 a month. It’s way much more than that.
Ever heard of Carrie Green? And the Female Entrepreneur Association?
She is a young Brit and I am an absolute fan. She is the writer of a cracking book called She Means Business and is a seriously astute businesswoman.
Carrie's the founder of the membership site called The Female Entrepreneurship Association.
Through this site, she offers bucket loads of value to female entrepreneurs for a monthly membership fee. This has made her very successful and continues to as she is really in it to help others.
Here’s what she said recently about membership sites:
“Membership sites are ridiculously amazing because they help you to build a community of people, which is so powerful. And it’s amazing for generating recurring revenue”.
A membership site is a possibility for everyone with a passion for helping people.
The overarching strategy here is all about having a core message and mission.
This then drives what type of content you create because the quality of content you create is what keeps people within your membership site.
To conclude, I hope you’ve found these ideas useful. Making £1,000 a month is entirely possible and just the beginning of a successful future.
Don’t be afraid to fail. Just believe in yourself and that you can do it. This alone sets you miles ahead of others.
Remember: Although you came here looking for an extra £1,000/month. These ideas are there to help you really create the bigger and more sustainable thing – ASSETS. This is really what will help you achieve Financial Independence.
What is stopping you from really exploring one of these ideas? Do please comment below.
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